Sunday, February 3, 2019
By Keara Ette
Part of the particular mission of this Old St. Pat’s community is to do church and be church, rather than just “come to church” on Sundays. This means that we strive to create and engage in prayerful, community-building, and justice-centered experiences that witness to the relevance of the Church in the 21st century. Over the years, this large community of people (who come from over 200 suburbs around Illinois, Indiana and beyond… as well as the new neighborhood of the West Loop) have come to build ‘small community’ through programs, retreats, small groups, ministry experiences, community-dinners, and more.
We are excited to announce that this month, Old St. Pat’s will be launching a new tool to help us with those essential aspects of our outward-facing mission and the promotion of relationships and community within our Old St. Pat’s membership. “MyOSP” is a digital, community-building platform meant to be a tool that allows the people of Old St. Pat’s to connect with one another, more deeply engage in ministries and experiences that Old St. Pat’s offers, and more effectively communicate with the other members of the ministries and groups in which they participate.
The young adults of the Catholic Church are leading the charge in using technology tools like myOSP to help extend our reach and make us a more effective community that is doing and living out church in the world. Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing information about this new system and helping you start to use it for everything from Old St. Pat’s event registrations to engaging in new ministries at Old St. Pat’s. And starting this week, we will be sending out logins to all our members so they can get a head start in checking out myOSP and some of the amazing tools it offers to our community. You will also receive information about many of the issues that first come to mind when we consider our digital lives: privacy, communication preferences, and security of information.
In an age in which the temptation is to close our borders, turn inward, and protect and maintain where we are and what we have, the Gospel is calling us to do the hard work of intentional engagement in the world around us and the work of growing in kinship with our neighbors. I am grateful and excited to be with you all as we embark on new ways to be and to live out church in the 21st century.